Berlin State Hwy – Bridge Closure

A meeting was held on June 12, 2014 at the VTTC (form VTrans Materials Lab) to received comments from the area communities (Barre, Berlin and Montpelier) relative to the closing of the Berlin State Hwy Bridge # B1 that crosses over VT Route 62 for joint repair work.

Schedule

Berlin State Hwy’s Montpelier ramp will be closed for two week for bridge join repair.  The project construction schedule is (July 8,2014 to July 23,2014). These dates are tentative based upon further review of the traffic management plan. If changes are needed to this schedule, proper notice will be made by VTrans.

Traffic

VTrans Traffic Design staff commented that there is a project this summer on the series of traffic signals along US 302 (Barre-Montpelier Rd.) beginning at the bottom of Berlin State Hwy (Benjamin Falls Rd) and extending to the Price Chopper Dr. intersection. These traffic signals are all linked and coordinated. The traffic signals at the VT 62/N. Main St. intersection in Barre City are owned and operated by Barre City. These signals are linked to operate in conjunction with traffic signals further south along Main St. in Barre City.  Traffic signal adjustments as a result of the additional traffic created by this short two week bridge closure are difficult to anticipate and may not be worth the effort given the short duration of the project.

Additional Changeable Message Boards will be installed on Interstate 89 north of Exit 5 (Williamstown/Northfield) for northbound traffic and south of Exit 9 (Middlesex) for southbound traffic in an attempt to route traffic away from Exit 7 and the construction site.

Public Announcement for the Project

The project will be added to the Agency’s 511 website.

Brent Curtis will include the project in his weekly construction announcements.

Advance signing will be in place at least on week prior to closing of the bridge.

Structural Design

There was general discussion relative to the structural design of the project with thoughts on materials and methods to shorten the construction and bridge closure period. These ideas will be considered and discussed in-house and potentially with the contractor.

Please contact James B. McCarthy, PE Operations Division Vermont Agency of Transportation email – JB.McCarthy@state.vt.us or phone – 802-505-1451 with any questions/concerns.

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